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What is PTE Academic?

Pearsons Test of English Acadmic (PTE Academic)

Under the terms of new legislation, foreign students applying to come to the UK under the Tier 4 (General) category for courses below degree level (except foundation degree and English language courses), have to demonstrate that their level of English is up to a specific standard. This is equivalent to a score of 43 on the PTE Academic score scale.
One of the main areas of concerns set out in recent Home Office announcements is the test security. To meet this concern, Pearson’s new test uses multiple layers of biometric and other cutting-edge technology. This process, which eliminates a paper trail and local marking, includes the capture of three types of biometrics (palm vein scanning, digital signatures and test day digital photographs of applicants) and an online verification database of candidate results and speech samples, to ensure the authenticity of both the individual taking the test and the results.  Automated scoring further provides a secure, standardised assessment of language proficiency to make certain that subjective judgements do not come into play when assessing a candidate’s language abilities.

Want to take an English course but with no exam?
Take one of our courses in Business English or English for Specific Purposes to demonstrate understanding and confidence in the use of English in business or to a specific standard use in, for example, the Maritime sector.

Want to take an English as part of an integrated course?
Classes are held once per week on Friday afternoons. As part of the International Trade and Maritime Management courses, you will be attending International Law/Maritime law in the mornings and English for specific purposes in the afternoon.